PERMANENT EYEBROWS Frequently Asked Questions FAQRe: Eyebrow tattoo numbing and pain
Eyebrows can be numbed with topical meds, but it is slower, does not last long, does not numb as well as injection, and has other disadvantages. If the eyebrow area is numbed with topical meds, then you draw the brows, the numbing effect is wearing off while you draw them. Sometimes drawing the brows can take a while. If you draw them first, then put topical numbing med on, the markings are smeared, and the marking may be a barrier between the skin and the topical med. With topical, there are frequent pauses during the procedure for application of more meds because it is so short acting. Many technicians make it work for them, but many clients say it hurt all the way the way through. There is this etching technique to enhance topical absorption, but I felt it caused more scabbing, prolonged healing time, and had more pigment loss. Since I am a nurse and am able to give injections, I choose to do it this way. There is little to no bleeding during the procedure, and better retention of the pigment. Also, with a little local injection in the skin, the tattooing is less traumatic to the tissue, and I can do permanent brows and eyeliner on many subjects whose fragile skin would not otherwise do well with the procedure.
There is no after pain with the permanent eyebrow procedure. Possibly soreness, but not significant. I don't think anyone has even needed an asprin. You do not need pills for pain & sedation for eyebrow tattooing since the injections will numb the brow area 100%. If you are having permanent eyeliner done also, the pills for pain & sedation make it a lot more comfortable. Some people want to flinch and squeeze their eye tight even if it doesnít hurt. It is a natural response to be protective of our eyes. See the permanent eyeliner FAQs.Re: Permanent eyebrow touchup
Reasons a touchup may be needed in the first few months for permanent eyebrow tattoo include1) an area didnít take well, 2) want some darker strokes in it, 3) healed too ash, 4) shape needs adjusting, 5) one side is a couple of hairs closer toward nose, 6) one tail is longer, just to name a half dozen. We give it our best shot the first time, but if there is any little thing we can do to perfect it, come back for a touchup. Numbers 1 and 2 are the most common reasons for needing a touchup. Stats for eyebrow tattoo touchups needed in the first few months are about 60% and it is usually when the lightest colors were used.
Frequently Asked Eyebrow Questions.
QUESTION Am I too old to be doing this, or too old to be concerned about my eyebrows?
ANSWER I don't think there is a cut-off point when we quit wanting to look our best. I have many clients in their 70s and 80s for permanent eyebrow make up, and sell lots of gift certificates for Mother's day, Grandmother's day, and Christmas. My oldest permanent eyebrow client was 92. Health and skin condition (ability to heal) determine if a procedure can be done. Some of the older ladies will need to be done in smaller sessions instead of trying to do the whole thing in one session. Which permanent cosmetics procedure the person wants is a consideration also. I might be willing to do permanent eyebrows on a person that I would not be willing to do permanent eyeliner or lips on.
I have had more than one client say something to the effect that they (or someone that knows them) feel they are being vain for getting permanent makeup or other cosmetic work. As far as permanent cosmetics is concerned, it is convenience!!! They draw it on anyway - what is the difference? Lets pick and choose what we want to call vain: haircutting, hair coloring, shaving, bleaching teeth, staightening teeth, wearing make-up, new clothes, high heels, nail polish, push-up or enhancing bras, girdle or other shape enhancing clothing, choosing fabric / clothing that looks better with your skin tones or body shape... shall I go on?
The younger generations do not have hang-ups regarding cosmetic services. Recommending or asking for a recommendation for a cosmetic surgeon for a plastic surgery procedure is as casual as getting a referral for a hair stylist. Everyone now recognizes that an improvement on the outside can improve the inside (via self-esteem and confidence). So yes, it remains true that what is on the inside is the important thing.
QUESTION Do you use stencils?
ANSWER No, I free hand it so the eyebrow will fit the individual's face. Using stencils is putting the same brow on everyone when they don't fit anyone. They just have that same fake look about them that you can spot on the street. Besides, the differences in the two sides of the face often require that one side be drawn modified for both sides to look the same. How can anyone call themselves a makeup artist when they need a stencil because they can't draw an eyebrow? For those who are unable to get permanent eyebrow tattoos, I have seen some decent temporary tattoo stencils that last a few days. There is also real human hair eyebrow wigs by Natural Brows.com.
QUESTION Why do women with an adequate amount of eyebrow hairs get tattoo shading?
ANSWER For definition / to define the shape, or to enhance the shape. It also eliminates the guesswork of which ones to pluck. They can then just pluck the eyebrow hairs that are not in the shaded area. It also serves as a guide for the electrologist when getting permanent removal of the excess hairs.
QUESTION Do I draw my eyebrows or do you?
ANSWER If you like the way you draw your eyebrows, come in with them already on. I will still measure and mark the parameters, double check symmetry, and offer suggestions. Most people let me draw their eyebrows for them. I measure and mark the parameters: start mark, stop mark, and point where the break of the arch should be - plus any modifications needed for a particular face. Next step is to draw them in to the shape and thickness the client prefers. When the client likes the way the eyebrows are drawn on, that is my pattern.
QUESTION Do I come in with or without makeup?
ANSWER For eyebrows (not eyeliner - see eyeliner FAQs), I like to see how you have been wearing them (the shape and thickness you prefer). We can wipe them off after you arrive. That way I don't waste time drawing a medium brow (my favorite) if you like it thinner or thicker. I draw the eyebrows, then you look in a mirror. You might like it the first time, or you might say you like it thinner, thicker, more arch, less arch, etc.
QUESTION Do you have a book of eyebrows to choose a design from?
ANSWER I have been asked this enough times to consider putting a page of brow arches and thicknesses together to serve as as communication tool for arch and thickness preference. But, I have had clients that brought in a photo of eyebrows they liked on some celebrity, then did not like the same exact brows drawn on them. I guess they did not have the same exact face. So then we started modifying until the eyebrows suited the face more. It was a helpful ballpark starting point to know what the client liked. It is best if I work with your natural pattern, just making yours better - enhancing it a little.
QUESTION If you don't like someones eyebrow design, do you refuse service?
ANSWER I will offer suggestions that would make the eyebrows more aesthetically correct. If the eyebrows desired is a little extreme or off, I am ok with it as long as its not too wild. If the eyebrow design is way off the charts and we cannot agree, I bless my competitors with the referral. heehee
QUESTION I have a scar that runs through my eyebrow so I have a spot of eyebrow hairs missing in my brow. Can I have just the bald spot filled in with hair strokes?
ANSWER Filling in just the bald spot in the eyebrow with hair stokes can be done. However, the color will not be the same as the rest of the brow hairs, and the best cosmetic tattoo artist in the world cannot make it look as 3D as the rest of the hairs that actually stick out of the skin. The best option is to have background shading throughout the entire brows, then hairstrokes in one or two other shades placed sparsely throughout the brow portion that has hair, and placed more densely in the bald spot. This would provide adequate camouflage. No one would notice the bald spot.